Ask a Question forum: Bird of Paradise -- Lesser of two evils: Cold vs. Light.

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LadyGreenJeans
Oct 16, 2017 9:36 PM CST
So, I bought "Big Bird" in Florida and it grew to 6' indoors in front of a sunny window. Moved it to Georgia in the middle of summer and it got even bigger, greener, more lush -- it is the most amazing and beautiful plant that I've ever seen. My concern is that the temp is now going down into the 40s at night. My choices are to (a) leave it outside in zone 8A or (b) bring it into the garage where it doesn't get "full on" light (only a row of 12" x 12" windows at the top of each garage door) but I can control the temperature in there. The living room doesn't get that much light either and it's on the second floor so I'm not sure it would be worth the trauma of damaged leaves, someone dropping the pot, etc. Please help -- I love this plant and as I read through the stories of people taking great care of them for 20+ years, I want to make sure "Big" continues to flourish.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Oct 16, 2017 10:29 PM CST
I have a few BOPs myself. I'm in 8b and leave mine outside. However, I have temporary greenhouses (with heat, when needed) that protect them. I would opt for the garage with heat. Unless you can haul the pot in every time there's a cold front, or worse (snow), you would be happier knowing it was safe and snug inside. You can always open the garage on nice days and roll it out! 'Just my two cents worth....
Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Oct 17, 2017 10:01 AM CST
I agree with Sandi. With a freeze, you risk losing the plant altogether. In reduced light indoors, the growth rate will slow down and you will lose some of the older leaves, but it will survive til warmer weather returns. Don't hesitate to prune off any discolored leaves that develop. When indoors, it will use less water and will not require any fertilizer.
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Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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Bubbles
Oct 17, 2017 11:23 AM CST
@LadyGreenJeans I forgot to welcome you to the NGA site! Good luck with your BOP. We'd love to see a photo of it!
You have received some very good advice from @WillC. If he says "take it in," that's what I'd do! Thumbs up

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